tv [untitled] February 8, 2013 2:00am-2:29am EST
catcalls and just search of the cheering for cia hopeful john brennan's confirmation hearing with obama's hand-picked ransoming these tough questions over drones torture and targeted executions. tens of thousands marching strains astri's amid calls for the government to go after a fresh round of budget cuts is a spike in university fees and the end of free prescription drugs for pensioners. tunisia could be stretched to the limit as the country gears up for more protests than even strikes on the day of a funeral of the opposition leader whose murder unleashed the new anti government
sentiment. and a draft bill in the u.k. aims to open up private online communications to the authorities but there are concerns that it's taking national security a step too far. it wasn't already a line from moscow it's good to have you with us. president obama's pick to head the cia has received a grilling as he faces senate in his confirmation hearing session began with taunts and j.s.p. for the audience was cleared out lawmakers and poked and prodded john brennan though on things from torture to drawings but appeared to back off when push came to shove arches gannett as you can now report on the questions that were a nost. what most people expected to hear was how does the u.s.
government make decisions as to who should be on their kill list and mr brennan would certainly be the most appropriate person to ask because he is known to have been in charge of the kill list and he's known as the architect of the administration's targeted assassinations program so the question of who the drones are targeting was critical and one of the senators asked john brennan whether there should be at least some judicial oversight over those executions by drones and here's what he said none of those actions or to determine past guilt for those actions that he took the decisions that are made or to take action so that we prevent future action to protect american lives so the rationale that john brennan gave for not going to court is that the administration is not in the business of punishing individuals but it's in the business of preventing attacks and he basically says the u.s. government could execute people who are what they haven't done yet and you would expect a follow up questions from lawmakers as to how the administration determines the
level of threat as these people constitute let's imagine an angry yemeni man who writes in his blog bag he hates america as you can see is wife died in a drone strike and he wants to take revenge is that enough to justify him being killed by a drone there are so many questions about how the administration decides to put someone on their kill list and yet there was not near another grilling on the part of the senators to get specific answers prior to the hearing a memo was released which the justice department handed over to congress and according to the memo the government can kill people overseas even without evidence that they are actively plotting against the u.s. the paper states that the u.s. would be able to kill a u.s. citizen or non-citizen overseas went down quote an informed high level of social of the u.s. government determines that target is an imminent threat to them here for also suggest that such decisions would not be subject to judicial review and outlines a broad definition of what constitutes imminent threat. at the very beginning of
the hearing as john brennan was delivering kids' remarks he was interrupted five times or so by protesters who stood up and expressed shouted out whether their opposition to those executions senators had to take a recess for for the protesters to be removed from the hearing and these protests are steered by numerous reports that the drone strikes kill innocent people as well not just suspected terrorists everybody expected tough questions on drugs but that did not happen john brennan got away with very broad answers like the program if saving lives and that you should take the administration's word for it. a private hearing now waits john brennan in order to i now technicalities but given his performance at that the senate scholar and author of exporting made in america democracy column cavell says it could all set a dangerous precedent this is a complete to our constitutional rights. do grant so those are war
and equal protection of the law and it would be little silly she is doing here is they're usurping the constitutional right minded to the american citizens and so we can be judge jury and executioner we can you know murdered citizens abroad without them having their court we can say they are jurors and we can go there and the dangerousness is one hundred good ministrations so as we can determine who are the jurors didn't that really go we were hurt and guilty american citizen was only drug without any problems and that is a very dangerous precedent. journal warfare its consequences and the morality of it all up for debate in crosstalk today coming up later this hour we hear how drone strikes may be breeding the very terror they seek to destroy. is quite
horrific in africa but it's getting worse i mean this is a new new drawn be a snow day in nigeria close to mali so that you've got the west of african i as well and so it's trucking up so that we're going to have drawn be a says all over africa i'm not sure what to suppose really why are we doing this well isn't it. the most effective recruitment tool for insurgents in the world david what do you think about that drones are an improvement on torture drones or an appointment or a ground war these are the arguments were being given and yet we didn't have a ground war in yemen we might need one eventually are with the damage the drone strikes are doing but this is we're being told that this type of murder is better then all of their human rights abuses. tens of thousands of students and teachers have taken to the streets of spain on the largest day of protests so i made calls for the government to step aside
spain's public sector is facing fresh cuts with a head to education expected to be nearly five billion euros polish mit's produce a teaser up the video agency spoke to some of the demonstrators. hundreds of people are gathered here in madrid to complain about cuts in education they are mostly students parents of students and teachers but the education is not their only concern they're also demanding the resignation of the government the government of money and other who has been accused of receiving bribes from private companies and opening bank accounts in switzerland look at the people you can see burton's saying calling spain the last vegas of the european union and also complaining about the lack of democracy that people are protesting and there is no solution to their complaints the salary of a teacher. if i have to pay a mortgage and everything i can to send two kids to university i will have the money and how is privatization in the educational sector hourman education in spain
well they see everything us business no matter what you do it ok sure should be an occasion for people to make money out of food to they don't see it as a public service or not you know how service is the same they save you get ill if you have a problem you are a customer and you are you are good they're going to make money out of you it's just a rupture and they took the money and everything to their budgets we have. no provision for the public system this has become a trademark of the spanish the most ration after every march the sweeping trucks come rapidly and sweep all the streets leaving no evidence that there was a demonstration against the government. a budget battle in brussels as a fresh summit kicks of chill the blocks traditional economic policies aren't seeing eye to eye with which in leading calls for cuts to the budget as front think
uses the u.k. i'll be on this just ahead. tunisia is bracing itself for a third straight day of street battles friday sees the funeral of a key opposition. fager was a fascination became a catalyst for the latest wave of venting government fury the country's trade unions have also called a general strike to protest against show creator bella even murder which some pinned on this limits leadership in the latest showdown police used tear gas on a mob throwing stones angry protesters chanting anti-government slogans were trying to approach the country's interior ministry in the capital tunis artie's crew was also caught up in the end recess parties maria from national now reports temperatures are still very high and tensions are still at a very dangerous the very risky level the level that is threatening and challenging the security instability in this country trade has happened continuing a strong thursday we've seen many many people on the streets they've been ringing
many clashes between police and a position supposed to stand again police have been using tear gas against protesters my crew and me we've been attacked by a group of youngsters beast tell us just because we filmed them and that tells a lot about the situation on the ground we've been hearing about similar violence is similar disturbances assault to country especially in the southern part of tunisia where the headquarters of the ruling party has been vandalized the protests may go even more violent intentions may go even further because friday will be the day of the funerals of the opposition leader has been attempts to ease the tensions in the country from prime minister if the idea was to form a government that will not be affiliated to any political party no cost of government but the islamist party dominated tunisia's governing coalition and rejected. ministers decision ok i understand the reason an internal political crisis is definitely
a whole movie very hard for this country to overcome this crisis. iran's helping hand to jean egypt as it gives the struggling country a low point being under several rounds of probably economic sanctions if that's coming up in a few minutes. the british government is trying to get its hands on private weapon information it's drawn up a document referred to by some as snoopers charter which looks to give authorities more rights to spy on its citizens online despite concerns over an invasion of privacy artie's surfer through whether such measures could enhance national security. the main area of concern surrounds this the draft communications data bill and proposals in it that critics say could see the public left wide open to having their facebook accounts or twitter e-mails read anything that they visit online the websites that they gayety logs by the government now understandably
those plans and prevent hugely controversial with critics labeling it the snoop is charter now perhaps more concerning is the latest report by the intelligence and security committee made like to see a nationwide surveillance regime implemented now the governors say that they need to do this to catch criminals and stop terrorism but there's lots of the members of the public saying where are safeguards when it comes to what we do online will seek more about this i'm now joined by professor and sneakily to the director studies security and intelligence studies at the university of akron thank you very much for joining us you're in support of the draft communications data bill i heard you describe yourself at a recent talk the skunk at the picnic if these fees and these proposals are so unpopular why are the government pushing them through all the time when government is pushing them through because the government realizes that they're needed some thirty million people use the internet to communicate with each other each day in
the united kingdom people in this country fully accept that more than a hundred years. their telephone conversations are likely to be mine if they're seen as a national security risk so it's completely absurd to think that there should be this new form of communications that should somehow be exempt from these sorts of measures ok ysaye to bugger furrowing you need a warrant with the proposals the idea is the perhaps my information is fine members . public underling nothing well why should my emails be localized should my twitter account be a friend to investigate well it's important to realize that this is not a charter to mine everyone it's a charter to mine anyone against who there is intelligence of being a serious risk to our national security in one way or another and even
a chance and members of the public would still be kept we're talking well what the government is asking the internet service providers to do is to retain data that at the moment they're just getting rid of so if there is a suspicion that a particular person is engaged in serious organized crime sex trafficking or terrorism the government can then institute crowed as a member of the public what if i don't my emails for a well if you don't want your e-mails pro. your normal engaged in any kind of illegal activity your e-mails won't be pro if you want if you want complete privacy don't write any letters to your friends don't speak to them on the telephone and don't send them photographs of yourself in joking and you can very much for joining us to fester and see if that has that is the solution maybe is the time for a big log of thing hey someone is actually watching surface london.
georgia's parliament is edging of the president out of palm but on a crackdown on dissent and revelations of human rights abuses now. he has been prevented from making his annual address even though he's still president all the details coming up. and image is everything even amid the continuing economic crisis e.u. leaders plan to spend millions on an on line up again diplomats aimed at and hong saying the bloke's reputation by the use of social media that's off the shopping. technology innovation called the developments around russia we've gone through huge earth covered. you know sometimes you see
a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm trying hard luck and was a big. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. showing operation through the day.
you're watching our live from moscow hey courtis. have started tough negotiations over the blocks next budget valid for seven years from twenty fourteen the financial wrestling comes with u.k. prime minister david cameron in one corner leading calls for mages spending cuts and prizes it countries in the other i just said so celia explains what else makes the talks so complex. we've seen some of the leaders who had arrived here already making strong statements first of all david cameron continuously saying that if the budget is not brought down to a level that he is happy with there will be no deal we've heard from other countries who are saying that they maybe use their veto if they are not happy such as the czech republic to simplify the of the current going on right now it would be between the northern and southern countries you could say the wealthier nations versus those that actually depend more on the e.u. funding on the one hand you have countries like the u.k. germany the netherlands denmark these countries are supporting harsher cuts to the
e.u. budget david cameron being the most radical and controversial taking this step now he has been demanding since november last year in two thousand and twelve that was the first try today is the second try and since that until now he's been demanding for cuts in brussels bureaucracy for instance but on the other side you have those countries who are dependent on these forums and one of the loudest voices on this is a lot of friends also the u.k. is coming into this summit this is the first time since david cameron announced that in or out referendum that he said that he would pose the question of whether he should remain in the e.u. twenty seventeen if he's reelected in twenty fifteen of course this is a possibility of a creating even more tension in the u.k. with the cost benefit of actually being a member of the e.u. interpreted by the other members not being a team player in this regard and also as this talk is happening talking about budget cuts on the e.u. level we see the budget cuts on
a more local ground level we've seen the protests continuing even until today people very angry at the cuts imposed on them on their livelihoods of their pensions are on their potential jobs while the e.u. cannot agree upon a budget of their own. it's sad that image is everything in politics and in these times of austerity the e.u. is eager to do whatever it takes to maintain a good reputation even if it means spending big two million euros have apparently been earmarked to spend on a p.r. war with online euro skeptics nigel farage from the u.k. independence party things such actions show the blog is no more than a banana republic they decided that they're going to train him how staff in the run up to the european elections of twenty four team train those people to go online to look at facebook twitter other social media sites and to correct that's their word
not mine to correct any misapprehensions that may exist about the european union and i have to say the fact that it's a parliament that is doing this that is using taxpayers' money to do this says a lot about the institutions that all brought about parliaments is the person is it's him a chair of parliament he's the speaker in westminster he's the chairman in other parliaments around the world but he and all the rest of the staff are supposed to be neutral they're not supposed to take any political position at all and the fact that the parliament decided it's going to spend money time and resources doing this shows you that frankly they're no better than a banana republic this is all the mcgarvie would do or someone like that so i think many people outside would be shocked by it having worked there myself for thirteen years i'm not surprised at all they are really really scared they're scared that from north to south to east to west all over the european union citizens are saying
we've never voted for this thing to become the united states of europe we've never asked to have the majority of our laws made somewhere else and we want to do something about it so they're scared and they're fighting back. right online and key documents in no russia's recent history disappear as the accords eclair in the soviet union speak of vanishes and better news sparking predictions that the fever might make a fortune. also alien life forms scientists claim that our galaxy contains the billions of potentially habitable planets read more on that at ati dot com.
the georgian parliament has postponed present release annual address after his pontine minority refused to agree to constitutional amendments removing his right to fire the government the president's party lost its grip on power in a recent parliamentary verge wanting a crackdown on protests and claims of human rights abuses against political prisoners r t is alessio cesky has been hearing firsthand accounts. georgia has performed miracles we moved from being a failed state will be one of the top business destinations in the world while it would be high to be a comic freedom according to the world bank i'll be one number one fighter with corruption even world white men think people started to believe in the stations people started to believe them ocracy it was because it is giorgio the beacon of democracy and freedom not from your gaze viewpoint when he's universities rectory refused to build a prayer room he helped organize a ten thousand strong peaceful student rally but it ended with his arrest and
sentenced to four and a half years behind bars no. guards could just walk into our cell and start beating us for no reason the even put twenty year old students in wheelchairs and prison one of the inmates went insane because they showed him footage of how his wife was being raped. your he thought he was spending his time with murderers and drug barons and stan he found himself among academics architects and righteous all jailed for having a different opinion to the country's leadership. works as an advisor to the minister of the penitentiary system and used to be classmates with saakashvili she believes the astonishing number of prisoners in georgia during his reign was to a large extent personally driven. which is what he had often been joked at in school he directed his revenge against his former classmates when he became president most of them were either stripped of their businesses are put to prison in his presidency we've had twenty five thousand people in jail. weeks before last
year's parliamentary vote news of a successful counterterrorism operation in eastern georgia made headlines eleven suspected militants from russia's north caucasus were killed but some said the whole thing was a hoax to discredit russia and in fact the slain men were georgians. first of all their weapons were american made second not. one of them fired off a single shot but it's not all the uniforms of these so-called fighters were brand new this was saakashvili plan has sent his guys across the border into russia and then had them shot by the georgian police this was a set up just to frame russia shortly after that event a shocking video of prisoner abuse in georgia and jails went viral and effectively diminished the president's party support by more than a half inch lost both election and control over the country it's not yet known where the second city will face prosecution over the bridge of course allegations
for two hundred political prisoners a change of power a man with a shot to walk free because like us really well for many remain as georgia's president until october but he's powers have already been transferred to the prime minister if anyone is free has already declared a national wide amnesty of political prisoners but experts say there is socialization may take several more years it's really still try to block the amnesty with furious comments. i will not sign papers which will allow paedophiles and racists to walk free would be the fuel of which let the parliament claim responsibility for that but. r.t. reporting from belief in georgia. iran has extended a helping hand to egypt offering a loan to the cash strapped country and it has also plans to invest more in say done all this despite the fact that to run with this subject to severe economic sanctions imposed by the u.s. and e.u. nuclear program economists and commentator can mokhtari told r.t.
that egypt has no choice but to accept help from we can get it. but egypt has has made it quite clear that it wants to go. but the muslim brotherhood has come to the realization. with three as important as powerful as iran in the region. they will have to be given to eat and should they decide to call for a confrontational cause with iran. it would prove counterproductive. egypt is in dire straits it will require assistance from any number of muslim countries to get back on its feet again. now let's have a look at some other international news in a briefing islamist fighters in mali say they're opening a new front in their battle against french the ported government troops the new tactics will include guerrilla attacks and the use of land mines one of which
apparently recently killed molly and soldiers the government however says the victims were civilians this comes as the french army prepares to leave the country by the end of the month and seeks u.n. peacekeepers to take over security. first two days in then a larger scale rebel assault on the syrian capital damascus appears to have stalled or that hillary and is trying to limit the insurgent momentum government forces also recaptured exactly the town linking the capital with the city of aleppo capping a bloody two dave battle these intensify clashes come amid dimming prospects of peace talks with an apparent crevel offer to negotiate with us reportedly refused by opposition. the black sea resort of sochi has marked exactly one year until the start of the next winter olympics with the rest of russia joining the celebration of the games have already become the most expensive
in history archies and reform reports from sorcery. but as you can see the if spirit has won in troops on the way it's locked up the city sky this taping area there was a spectacular skating show but it's not the choice of going on the beach going shopping tips not a nice time to be separate but this new day will be the first. within a subtropical environment this is the big pond caves in used by the banks these games are all to be very compact you will be able to just jump into trying within fifteen minutes you can be up in the mines and not be on a to enjoy the wind events taken late most of the keys are being built from scratch something very unusual and that is contributing to the train companies banks will create the most expensive in history coming into something on a billion dollars but if you do look around you can see what money can buy the organizing committee says a soldier will be ready in twenty to. that's all the news this hour and